Girls' Volleyball: CdM falls in quarterfinals

Sea Kings take first set against Los Al, but lose to more experienced Griffins at Dave Mohs tournament. Sage also makes championship bracket.

September 14, 2013|By Matt Szabo

HUNTINGTON BEACH — With a handful of matches going the distance, this weekend resembled a roller coaster ride for the Corona del Mar High girls' volleyball team.

The ride still was a long one, as the Sea Kings won their first four matches and advanced to the Division 1 championship quarterfinals at the Dave Mohs Memorial Tournament. It took the top-ranked team in the state to end it.

Los Alamitos rallied to top CdM, 20-25, 25-10, 15-7, in a quarterfinal match Saturday at Edison High. Sage Hill lost a round earlier, in the first championship bracket match, as Huntington Beach rallied for a 14-25, 26-24, 15-10 victory over the Lightning.


CdM Coach Steve Astor watched his team go the distance in the best-of-three format in four of its five matches, including all three pool-play wins. The Sea Kings defeated Chaparral, 25-14, 23-25, 15-9, in their final pool-play match earlier Saturday. They then topped Long Beach Poly, 25-16, 25-11, in their first championship bracket match.

"We got our money's worth," Astor said. "It's early in the season, and we're a younger team. Certainly that's not an excuse by any means, but we're learning how to play at this level, some of our players. We're up and down at times. We're definitely more up than we are down.

"Every chance we get to play to 15 is great experience for us, because that's the fifth game. In the playoffs, you've got to win matches in five at some point. So the fact that we've already got a ton of games to 15 under our belt is going to be huge for us, come November. I'm definitely not mad about that; it's actually a good thing in terms of experience."

CdM (5-2), ranked No. 3 in CIF Southern Section Division 1-A and No. 11 in the state by CalHiSports, did fall into an early hole against Los Al in the first set. The Griffins took an 8-3 lead, forcing Astor to burn his first timeout. But CdM rallied, taking its first lead at 13-12 on a block by Samantha Jones.

A kill by Jules Pouch gave the Sea Kings their first set point, which they converted on an ace by Hannah Bagdasar.

Astor highlighted the play of Pouch, who had six kills against Los Al and a team-high nine against Poly. She played outside hitter instead of her normal opposite in the tournament, as Astor said junior outside hitter Katie Craig suffered a concussion in Wednesday's match against Mater Dei.

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